|Stack's Bowers||Auction||The January 2013 Americana Sale||Jan-2013||CAC||1835 Matron Head Cent. N-1. Rarity-1. Noyes Die State C/D. Large 8 and Stars. MS-64 BN (PCGS). CAC. Die Variety: Newcomb-1 is one of 19 varieties of the date. Large 8, Large Stars. Obverse also used for Newcomb-9. Reverse die also used for Newcomb-3 of 1831, Newcomb-5 of 1835, and Newcomb-5 of 1834.
Die State: Obverse die crack from rim above star 3 through all the other stars and finally terminating below the 5 of the date. E of CENT repunched, usual strong rim details at the viewer's right.
Strike: Fairly sharp throughout with some weakness in a few obverse stars.
Surfaces: Satiny golden-tan with softly cascading luster and a soft rose-orange underglow. Some tiny ticks are seen under low magnification.
Census Rankings: The Noyes Census calls this specimen tied for 15th finest known, as does the Bland Census. Noyes called the coin AU-55+; Bland called the coin AU-55.
Pedigree: Tony Terranova, May 1996; Heritage's sale of the Wes Rasmussen Collection of United States Large Cents, January 2005, lot 3627; Superior's Pre-Long Beach Elite Auction of September 2008, lot 52; Cardinal Collection.
Commentary: An outstanding example in the numismatic playground offered by cents of this date. High quality and beautiful eye appeal combine to make this a "must have" coin for an advanced connoisseur.